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Old 04-15-16, 08:41 AM
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Neck Problems need advice from the experts

Had Cervical fusion of C 5,6,7 several years ago and now having more neck problems. Wife suggested switching to a recumbent. I normally ride 1500-2000 miles per year and current bike is Madone 5.9 with di2. How big of an adjustment is there and do y'all have any suggestions on bikes. I am just starting to research and I am not finding many dealers around. I think there is only one in Mississippi about three hours from me. Need advice please!
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I can't tell you ahead of time if a 'bent will help or be just as bad. You'll have to test ride to find that out. Between bents, there are large variations in the amount of recline, too; so that might be significant. (You can't treat all bents as the same.) Considering your current upright, you'll probably be looking at some sort of highracer.

As far as adjustments, yes they're HUGE. If you expect a bent to be like an upright, you'll be disappointed for sure. You ride a bent differently. Speed profiles are different, a bit more like a tandem. They carry up short hills better, but on longer hills climbing speeds are slower. And headwinds matter less. Because of that, it's... different riding with uprights. For short hills, I'll squirt off the front and take my own pace going up, then wait for them at the top. The alternative is to stay behind them, hit the brakes as they clatter down into their climbing gears, then watch helplessly as they stand on the pedals and walk away from me.
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What BlazingPedals said.

The best single thing that you could do would be to take a road trip to a recumbent specialty shop. A regular bike shop with a couple of recumbents on the floor won't do. There are several different design variations on the recumbent theme and they ride quite differently.

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Where are you in Mississippi? I might be able to help.
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It's just like riding a bike, but different. There will be a learning curve, a period of adjustment. Legs will be sore where they haven't previously been sore. You'll need to re-learn very basic things like how to get going from a stop. Or, how to get going, uphill, from a stop. Shouldn't take too long before it will feel normal.
Agree that you need to try riding one or more.
In the meantime, search for recumbent images online and imagine yourself in the positions you see the 'bent riders in. Which of those positions would work with your neck?
Finding a bike shop with recumbents to test is an immense challenge in most places. A road trip, as previously suggested, could be worth your while.
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Thanks for all the advice. I found a good deal on a Bacchetta Belladare from a 76 year old fella who is giving up riding to travel and it wont fit in the motor home. This thing is long!
It's fun to ride and I only fell once. I kinda underestimated the amount of real estate needed to make a u-turn and fell. No blood just injured pride. First ride in a long time where I got off the bike with no neck or arm pain. I have to be careful because my wife is eyeballing the bike very closely, I may be looking for another one before long.
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If you are ever up Hattiesburg way, I have an Easy Racer Tour Easy which is a LWB, and my wife has a RANS Tailwind CLWB you can ride if you like.
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I have to be careful because my wife is eyeballing the bike very closely, I may be looking for another one before long.
Oh oh. You are DOOMED!

Next thing you are going to be looking for is a bike rack that will hold two recumbents.
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The B-bike sounds like a good starter 'bent. For the OP or the wife!
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A Bellandare won't be nearly as fast as an upright road bike, but it will give you a pretty neutral neck position.
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So far it's a very comfortable bike. I can tell it will not be near as fast as the Madone but after about 30 miles this weekend my wife said it was great to see me smile while riding rather than wincing in pain. I get a little more comfortable with the handling each time I go out, I just need to get better at making a u-turn with the lwb.
Thanks for all the advice and comments. I look forward to hanging around in the recumbent thread now.
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So far it's a very comfortable bike. I can tell it will not be near as fast as the Madone but after about 30 miles this weekend my wife said it was great to see me smile while riding rather than wincing in pain. I get a little more comfortable with the handling each time I go out, I just need to get better at making a u-turn with the lwb.
Thanks for all the advice and comments. I look forward to hanging around in the recumbent thread now.
U-turns on both my SWB and LWB bikes generally involve no pedaling and the left foot off the pedal. More of an adventure on the LWB than the SWB.
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